: not having the same grammatical function as a nonmodifying immediate constituent
used of a compound (such as barefoot, which is unlike foot in function) or construction (such as in the yard in the sentence "they played in the yard," which is unlike in or yard in function)
compare endocentric

Word History


exo- + -centric

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“Exocentric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exocentric. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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